The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), housed at the Northeastern University School of Law, is the premier academic program in the country examining current racial inequities through the lens of history and seeking creative reparative justice. CRRJ investigates, publicizes, and remediates historical cases of racially motivated violence. It has built the most comprehensive archive in the country on these matters. Founded in 2007, CRRJ’s project is unique in its combination of rigorous research and community engagement. CRRJ’s mission is to: (1) develop an on-line archive on racial violence during the Jim Crow era; (2) train civil and human rights lawyers through curricular offerings and advising; (3) design national, state and local reparative projects and training materials; (4) serve as a clearinghouse for legislative and non-governmental policymakers in the field of historical injustice; and (5) support innovative research on historical racial violence, criminal justice reform, and reparative justice.
The Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow is a clinical fellowship that offers opportunities for professional development in the fields of civil rights, criminal justice, and restorative justice. The Fellow teaches and mentors law students, develops courses and course material and contributes to advocacy-oriented programs and projects.
The Elizabeth Zitrin Clinical Fellow supports CRRJ’s on-going academic, governmental, and community-based projects. The work includes but is not limited to:
- Teaching seminars
- Working closely with students on research, law and policy analysis, and lawyering skills
- Overseeing volunteers and interns
- Organizing research colloquia, conferences, seminars
- Training governmental employees, researchers, lawyers, and advocates in the field of racial justice, criminal justice, and historical injustice
- Undertaking research for the CRRJ docket and archive
- Developing and implementing advocacy strategies, including litigation
- Conducting studies and producing reports
- Representing CRRJ at conferences
- Assisting in management of CRRJ’s web resources
- Administrative tasks
Under the supervision of Faculty Directors Margaret Burnham and Rose Zoltek-Jick, the Fellow helps to execute CRRJ’s program and expand its work. As part of the Northeastern University community, the Fellow is encouraged to take advantage of a range of academic seminars and programs, and to become fully integrated into the intellectual community of the School of Law, attending faculty colloquia and similar events, and interacting with faculty and auditing courses. The Fellow will also receive mentoring in the development of teaching skills and academic scholarship from both the Faculty Directors and the Director of Clinical Programs at the law school.
This one-year appointment is renewable for a second year, subject to performance and CRRJ needs.